The American Prospect has a short article up on its website that is questions to Senator Sherrod Brown, (D-OH), about what Obama has to do to carry Ohio. In his answers, Senator Brown states the following: Looking out for your family trumps race. Looking out for your family trumps guns, or abortion, or gay marriage.
Senator Brown states in the interview that Obama will win or lose Ohio in cities like Mansfield, Marion, and Lima. Cities that trend Republican, but can be reached by a Democrat who stresses a economically populist message. Senator Brown points out that in 2004, John Kerry lost those cities and the counties they were in, but that in the 2006 election, he carried them.
Click on the link above and check out the interview. It is well worth your time.